Code of Conduct
Living in a community as complex as New York City requires the College
to maintain policies that are designed to maintain a safe living and
learning environment and also to create a community where all members
feel safe to express their points of view. Students enrolling in the
College assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a responsible and
mature manner on campus, and at College-sponsored events occurring off
campus. It is clear that in a community of learning, willful disruption
of the educational process, destruction of property, and interference
with the orderly process of the College, or with the rights of other
members of the College, cannot be tolerated. In order to fulfill its
education function, the College has the authority and responsibility to
maintain order within the College and to exclude those who are
disruptive of the educational process.
Violations of the Code of Conduct
Judicial action may be initiated by the College or by any member of the
College community. Sanctions may be imposed upon any student or student
organization found in violation of the code of conduct. Even the most
severe sanction, including suspension or expulsion, can be imposed upon
the first violation of any of the following rules and regulations:
- Violation of any College policy or regulation contained in
any official publication or administrative announcement.
- Violation of local, state or federal law on College
property, or off-campus when such violation of the law is a threat to
the safety or security of other College community members.
- Violation of published policies governing College residence
- Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating
- Sexual harassment, or sexual assault, including rape, or
acquaintance rape, forcible or non-forcible.
- Discriminatory harassment, verbal, physical or otherwise,
based on race, color, national origin, religion, disability, age, sex,
sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital or
veteran status, or any other status protected by law, that has the
purpose or effect of interfering with a person's work or educational
performance; creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working,
learning or living environment; or interferes with a person's ability
to participate in or benefit from a class, an educational program or
activity; or will cause physical or mental injury.
- Verbal, physical, psychological, or other abuse, including
threat of bodily harm to self or any person or conduct that threatens
or endangers the physical and/or emotional health or safety of any
persons in the College community.
- Disruption of operations of the College community.
Disruption is an action or combination of actions by an individual or a
group, which unreasonably interferes with, hinders, obstructs, or
prevents the right of others to freely participate in its programs,
services, or academic settings.
- Participating in a campus demonstration that disrupts
College operations or infringes on the rights of others, including, but
not limited to, inciting a riot.
- Disrupting or endangering the safety of the community:
e.g., tampering with or misuse of fire alarms, fire exits,
fire-fighting or electrical equipment, sprinkler systems, and other
safety devices, falsely reporting a bomb or fire or engaging in
behavior that creates a fire or safety hazard.
- Disorderly conduct including, but not limited to, lewd,
indecent, or obscene conduct on College property or while attending a
College sponsored event; conduct that is an obstruction or disruption
of College sponsored activities; or conduct which adversely affects the
student's suitability as a member of the College community or which is
inconsistent with the mission of the College.
- Carelessly subjecting any person to the risk of bodily
harm, or severe emotional distress, or causing or encouraging any
person to commit an act that would be a violation of law or College
regulations, for the purpose of initiating, promoting, fostering, or
confirming any form of affiliation with a student group or
organization. The express or implied consent of the victim is
irrelevant in determining whether or not there has been a violation.
- Possession, storage or use, including the threat of use, of
any weapon such as a firearm, knife, realistic replica of a weapon,
bomb, etc. or any item used as a weapon or of such nature that it is
intended for use as a weapon while on College property or attending a
College sponsored event. Weapons include any object or substance
designed or used to inflict a wound, cause injury, or incapacitate.
- Use, possession, distribution, and/or being under the
influence of alcoholic beverages, except as permitted by law and
- Use, possession, distribution, and/or being under the
influence of narcotics, drugs or any illegal or controlled substances,
except as permitted by law and College policy. Furthermore, students
are prohibited from the on-campus possession of any type of
paraphernalia associated with the use of drugs.
- Theft of, possession of stolen property, or damage to
property of the College or to property of any of its members or
- Participation in any form of illegal gambling. Gambling
refers to unauthorized lotteries, raffles, or other games of chance.
These activities are not to be conducted on campus by organizations or
- Unauthorized use or misuse of any computer, computer
system, service, program, data, network, or communication network.
Violation of the Technology Use policy which governs acceptable and
- Posting of announcements and other publicity items at the
College that are not in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the
Division of Student Affairs and/or Student Development and Activities
and/or the appropriate department.
- Filing and/or furnishing false information to a College
- Forgery, alteration, destruction, or misuse of College
documents, records, identification cards, or papers.
- Failure to comply with directives of, or to present
identification to, College officials acting in the performance of their
- Abuse or blatant disregard of the judicial procedure,
including failure to answer an official summons, to comply with
sanction terms, disruption of a judicial hearing, harassment of any
witness, or providing false or inaccurate information at any point
during the judicial process.
- Unauthorized entry into or use of College facilities.
- Smoking in any non-smoking area.
- Intentional destruction, damage, misuse or defacing of
- Littering or endangering the environment.